And the Dream began.....

And the Dream began... I can remember my very first sailboat as if it were yesterday...the shiny, bright red hull, the brilliant white sail that could blind you in the afternoon sun as it danced across the water. I loved that boat and would have done anything to keep it safe. Even fall off the dock and almost drown...but that was many moons ago and I was only 3. Thank goodness for a quick dad! My pride and joy and I were both safe and lived to sail another day. There have been many more loves in my life since that wonderful week on Keuka Lake and a good a share of them have been the sailing variety. So I guess that it was only natural that over time the dream to sail around the world would become a passion. I am very lucky that the man in my life, my husband Gar, has humored me in following this dream. We are getting there and hope to set sail once we retire but the journey has been fun. Hope you enjoy the ride!

About Me


Thanks for stopping by to take a peak at life on Sara Anne Bayou. I’m Shirley and I’ve been rambling around this end of Sara Anne for 12 years now. We all affectionately call it “The Hood”.

Sara Ann Bayou, FL

It has been a ball and we have made lots of wonderful friends. My husband, Gar, and I have been together since 1990, a second marriage for both of us.

wedding day jun 26 1996

Wedding Day at Laguna Nigel
June 26, 1996

We have three awesome children, Michelle, Patricia and Steven. Our first grandchild, Peyton, was born in October, 2010 so life is full and we are very blessed.


Michelle and Steven


Trish and her wonderful husband Joel


Peyton on Easter 2012

Life has been a grand adventure so far and it just keeps getting better. I love to travel and explore intriguing new places. I find that you come home with a different prospective and wonderful ideas to incorporate into the home and garden. Some of my passions are home decorating, sewing, knitting, remodeling, painting, gardening and various crafts. And through it all a Canon of one sort or another has been clicking away, capturing it all.
I hope you enjoy your visits to the Bayou and come back often. There’s a lot going on in “The Hood" and you don’t want to miss a moment of the fun!

Till next time........Santé,

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